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This section highlights the important research of UofL nursing students.

Diabetes Research

Nursing students at posters-at-the-capitolColleen Rodeffer, Megan Davis and Whitney Graves were among about a dozen UofL undergraduate students who took part in the 2011 Posters-at-the-Capitol event in Frankfort, Ky. They conducted their research with nursing assistant professor Diane Chlebowy, PhD, RN. Her work focuses on diabetes self-management among African Americans. Read the complete article about the 2011 Posters-at-the-Capitol event...

In their words, this is what they did:

Colleen Rodeffer -

After hearing each of my professors repeatedly stress its importance in the nursing profession, I became interested in research. I enrolled in the School of Nursing’s independent study and worked with my faculty mentor Dr. Chlebowy, to develop my own research-related project. As part of the one-credit course, we mapped out objectives and goals for my own project. The literature review focused on the impact of culture on diabetes self-management among African American adults. This experience has helped me better understand the research that validates my profession and shapes its future.

Megan Davis -

Working alongside Dr. Chlebowy and the rest of her team, I was able to experience aspects of both qualitative and quantitative research. I discovered research isn't just about numbers and statistics. I had the unique opportunity to interview the participants -  African Americans with Type II Diabetes Mellitus. They were able to share with me personal insight into the study's effectiveness and impact it had on their lives. I quickly learned the uniqueness of  human subject research and how rewarding it can be. These participants had life-changing experiences and were very happy to share with me. This opportunity helped me better understand this aspect of nursing and research in general.

Whitney Graves -

I was excited to take part in this study because African-Americans have the highest incidence of diabetic complications. As an African-American with a family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, I wanted to get a more in-depth look on why this is true and what we can do to change it. Through this opportunity, I have learned a lot about the undergraduate research opportunities offered at the School of Nursing. I now have first-hand research experience that will help prepare me for my upcoming career and other future nursing endeavors.



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